Before a Filipino emigrant can leave the country, he or she will have to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) given by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in Manila. This is a required seminar for any Filipino moving to another country. It is mandated by the law and immigration will not clear you to leave the country without proving that you have attended the PDOS.
Thankfully, registering for the seminar is relatively easy. In this post, we’ll give you a general outline on what to do to secure your PDOS slot. Oh! But please remember that you will need to already have your Permanent Resident Visa and official Landing Papers before you can register for the PDOS.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already been a year since we wrote a simple analysis of Canada’s Express Entry for immigrants last 2015 (click here to revisit that post). 2016 really blew by fast and it was a very eventful year for CIC with some policy changes coming into effect towards the latter part of the year (those details, here).
Did those changes have any effect on Express Entry’s numbers for 2016? How did the numbers fare vs. 2015? Let’s find out.
After getting our Passport Request (PPR) last February 6, 2017 and submitting our passports on February 9, we were surprised to learn about the speedy return of our documents last Monday, February 20, 2017. Our agency then invited us back to their office yesterday to pick up the passports, along with our landing papers and other documents.
All in all, it only took twelve days for our passports to get back to us with our Immigrant Visas. We were told that this was processed pretty fast and it was probably due to the light load that the Canadian Embassy typically has during this time of the year.
After a long day at work last Monday, I was half asleep in the car when my phone chirped with a notification for a new e-mail that had just come in. “Oh great, my credit card bill has arrived…” I thought, while straining my half open eyes against the blazing Manila afternoon sun.
Then I saw the subject of the e-mail, “Request for Passport”.